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2Classical Prosody. Designating a logaoedic metre consisting of a catalectic glyconic and a pherecratean, associated especially with poems addressed to Priapus.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Taylor (1578–1653), poet. From classical Latin Priāpēus of or belonging to Priapus, designating a metre (from Hellenistic Greek Πριάπειος of or belonging to Priapus, usually designating a metre from Πρίαπος + -ειος, suffix forming adjectives) + -an. Compare French priapéen belonging to the cult of Priapus, designating a metre.
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